By Darcy Rive
Tom Ford takes us to the glamorous Italian Riviera with his classic Neroli Portofino eau de parfum, a perennial summer favourite thanks to its clean and crisp finish. The unisex fragrance sparkles with bright citrus notes of Tunisian neroli, lemon, orange flower and mandarin, with surprising undertones of rosemary and amber tones that lend the fragrance the warmth of a balmy evening walk through the streets of Portofino.
Perfume connoisseur Frédéric Malle has teamed up with long-time collaborator Carlos Benaïm for their new perfume Music For A While. The legendary noses have blended a warm body of lavender with patchouli, amber and vanilla to create a rich, evocative fragrance. Notes of pineapple and mandarin lift the perfume, giving it a vibrancy that perfectly accompanies sunshine-filled days.
Since 1916, Acqua di Parma has been creating the finest fragrances and their latest perfume, Chinotto di Liguria, upholds the house’s reputation for olfactory excellence. Inspired by the small chinotto fruit grown in Liguria, the perfume opens with this bitter scent mixed with mandarin, before rolling into sunny notes of jasmine, geranium, rosemary and cardamom. Rounding off with silky patchouli and musk accords, this a confident and composed fragrance that captures the spirit of summer.
The Replica fragrance collection from French luxury house Maison Margiela is, as the name suggests, designed to replicate the scents and feelings of treasured memories. The best-selling Beach Walk evokes memories of sunshine-filled days by the shore with its fresh, ocean spray fragrance. Charged citrus notes of bergamot and lemon mix with sweet ylang-ylang and spiced pink pepper to create a nostalgic and vibrant perfume, redolent of summer days gone by.
Jo Malone London’s limited edition Hot Blossoms collection promises a “carnival of scent”, setting up the Tropical Cherimoya Cologne as the ultimate summer fragrance. The cherimoya fruit evokes exotic flavours such as mango, coconut and banana, and this is harmonised with fresh pear, delicious passion flower, creamy tonka bean and Brazilian copahu resin to give an uplifting, youthful scent.
French beauty house Guerlain has been building its exquisite Aqua Allegoria fragrance collection since 1999, and the latest addition to this family is Passiflora, a lively eau de toilette bursting with fruity and floral notes. The invigorating fragrance of passionfruit blends with the refreshing citrus notes of bergamot, orange blossom, lemon and grapefruit, with sensual ylang-ylang giving depth and balance.
This summer, By Kilian trades its Parisian home for the sun and style of California with a limited edition collection called Miami Vice. Love the Way You Feel is a beautifully delicate perfume with bright neroli, silky ylang-ylang and soft tiare flower sitting beside sweeter notes of coconut and vanilla. Love the Way You Taste is decidedly more effervescent, with top notes of lemon and peppermint that sparkle into magnolia flower and vetiver to create an invigorating summer scent.
Part of Atelier Cologne’s Collection Originale, Pomélo Paradis Cologne Absolue is a summer-ready citrus fragrance for men and women. Top notes of zesty pink pomelo, mandarin and sweet blackcurrant bud roll into a heart of Moroccan orange blossom, romantic rose essence and sharp Chinese mint. When it settles into earthy vetiver, fragile iris and rich amber, this composed cologne delivers the perfect balance of fruity and floral.